It’s Halloween tomorrow, so does that make it too late to post a pumpkin project? Not in this case…these pumpkins are softly colored and textured with chalk paint and sweetly trimmed with pom poms, making them neutral enough to keep around until Thanksgiving. This is a great way to use up those faux pumpkins you on clearance at the end of Halloween season, or if you’re looking to reuse your Halloween-themed pumpkins.
These two are papier mache from the craft store that I found on clearance. You can use any kind of paint to paint a faux pumpkin, but I love the effect of chalk paint. So I just used the same techniques that I have used in the past to paint a piece of furniture or wood item to create a light wash over a darker color. Or you could apply other techniques using acrylic paint, like this great tutorial on painting papier mache boxes by Laura @ The Shed. I first painted the tall one an orange color, and the shorter one a greenish bluish color. Then over each one (after the first layer of paint dried), I painted a diluted white, then immediately rubbed off the excess white with a rag. I also had a smaller terra cotta pumpkin from the thrift store, and a plastic pumpkin also on clearance at the craft store. I did the same on the terra cotta one as with the papier mache ones, first painting it blue… …then I used a wash of diluted gray on top and rubbed off the excess with a rag. If I had too much gray in spots, I went over it again with a dry brushing of blue. I painted the plastic one with two coats of a sweet light purple. I didn’t add a wash on top of that one. After all the paint dried, I got out my collection of pom pom trim. I used the largest white pom pom trim on the largest pumpkin, adding a bead of glue from the base of the stem down to the base of the pumpkin. You may want to add the glue in two or three sections down the pumpkin, as the glue may dry before you are able to apply the entire strip of trim. You can go down the pumpkin either in one of the grooves or over a bump, just be sure you have enough trim to do strips all the way around and evenly spaced. To cover the trim ends at the top of the pumpkin, take a smaller piece of trim and cover them up, going around the stem. It seemed that the pom poms looked best when they were proportionately the same as the pumpkin size, i.e. bigger pom poms go well with bigger pumpkins, and smaller pom poms go with smaller pumpkins. All done. Can’t decide which is my favorite. I’ll be enjoying these all through Thanksgiving.